I am doing a bunch of product testing right now in our Digital Home lab with products that allow me to stream rich media around the house. The basic premise of these products is that people have entertainment appliances in one room (i.e. DVD player, Set top box, Jukebox) and they want to access that content in another room in their house. I certainly have this problem in my house where I record a bunch of TV shows on my living room DVR and it would sure be nice to watch those same shows in another room like my bedroom.
My first review is of the Belikn PureAV Remote TV. This is a product I am quite impressed with for several reasons. The first is that the whole thing is happening wirelessly. It is using a proprietary chipset on the 5ghz band so there is no intereference with other appliances in the home. The second reason I am impressed is that the video quality is actually quite good. Even though it does not at this time stream HiDef content wirelessly the content that is recorded in HiDef on my DVR looks better then if the same content was recorded in standard defintion. So the video quality is quite good and I am yet to experience a hickup while watching a program.
The experience with this product overall has been very impressive. The set up was quite easy I simply plugged the audio and video cables from my set-top box outputs to the Pure AV transmitter. Then on my second TV I plugged the receiver audio and video cables to my TV inputs. Literally within 10 seconds the boxes "paired" and in less then a minute overall I was watching my living room DVR shows on my bedroom TV. Another great feature is that it uses the same remote so there is no need for a new remote. Just use the same remote you use to control your set-top box or DVD player. So the scenario I am the most excited about is this: It's late and I am watching Lost (my favorite show) and I am getting tired. So I decide it's time to go to bed but I want to finish watching Lost in my bedroom. Without the Belkin Remote TV this is a problem. With the Belkin Remote TV I simply pause the show from my living room, take the remote, walk into my bedroom and turn on the TV and simply hit play.
This product has literally changed the way I watch TV as much as TiVo first did. Now I am not just stuck in a single room with my content but free to move that content wirelessly anywhere in my home. Simply add the SlingBox to this set up, which I have done and my TV shows follow me everywhere I go both in my house and out in the world.